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>> reporter: the gunman identified by investigators, 24-year-old james holmes fired into the air and then he fired his weapon into the crowd. >> there's gunshots and there's women and children screaming and it was really terrifying. >> reporter: when the chaos and killing ended, at least 12 people were dead, 59 injured. >> most of the injuries were gunshot wounds and they appeared to be certainly high caliber. >> reporter: police say holmes was armed with an assault rifle shotgun, he was found at the rear of the theater and apparently gave up without a fight. telling investigators that his apartment was booby-trapped. as the investigation continues, holmes' family in san diego has released a written statement which says in part, our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the family and friends of those involved. the faces of those lost in the shooting are now coming to light. people like jessica ghawi, an aspiring sportscaster, who had recently moved from san antonio to denver. so many struggling, like investigators here to understand how and why it happe
in the same complex as holmes could be allowed to return tomorrow. jay gray, nbc news, aurora, colorado. >>> two girls from the bay area were inside the colorado movie theater when the shooting happened and one of their friends was hit. kimberly terry spoke with them and has more on their terrifying experience. they really are traumatized, kim. >> reporter: absolutely. they're still in aurora, choosing to stay there for a convention, december pit this whole shooting. they say it helps to be around friends who have the same experience and also to be there for their friend as he recovers. here's more on what happened in their words. >> they were packing the theaters tight, which i remember thinking this is insane. if there's a fire, we're not going to be able to get out. >> reporter: the two were sitting with ten other friends close to the wall separating their theater from the one the shooter opened fire in. it was about 20 minutes into the movie when -- >> we heard kind of a hissing sound and then there was kind of a boom and smoke. there was like a whole bunch of popping sounds and all
. today we got a first look at suspected shooter james holmes. he made his initial court appearance this morning. jay gray joins us with those new details. he joins us live from centennial, colorado, with more on reactions from the victim's family members. he had a strange, catatonic look in court. >> reporter: it was really bizarre, something i have never seen in a courtroom before and i have been in quite a few. it was a packed courtroom here today, i can tell you that. a lot of those in that room were either victims or family members of victims, a lot of them had victims advocates and tissues by their side during this hearing. and people all over the world have gotten a look at this man who has changed not only their lives but this community forever. these are the first photographs of james holmes since the attack, the picture of evil, so many watching including family members of the victims. >> he does look fairly demonic or something like that. >> reporter: the 24-year-old accused of plotting and then carrying out a massacre in this movie theater. his hair died bright blue and
a package from 21-year-old james holmes. police checked it out and it was deemed harmless. however upon checking that mail room, they did find a different package. it was addressed to the same professor and it was from holmes. the notebook reportedly details his plan for the ram page and includes drawings of the massacre that. notebook was reportedly sent days before the shooting but it sat unopen in the mail room until police eventually discovered it and opened it up this past monday. also the first of the 12 people killed in the rampage was laid to rest. gord gordon -- his daughters were not hurt, but they did speak at funeral today. one daughter recalling in the disorientation and confusion, she could still hear her father saying i love you both. 20 of those people injured are still in the hospital and seven of them are in critical condition. >>> a santa clara probation officer is recovering after accidentally shooting himself. it started around 8:15 last night on highway 17 in santa cruz when officers from the san jose police and chp pulled over a suspect wanted on a probation viola
. >> holmes said only one word allowed in court today. he answered yes when the judge asked if he wanted to waive his right to a preliminary hearing within 35 days. >>> republican presidential candidate mitt romney facing a new controversy tonight, plain leaders calling him a racist after his visit to israel. romney was speaking at a fund-raiser hosted by wealthy americans. he praised the economic success of israelis whose annual income reaches $35,000 versus the poverty of -- he said culture makes all the difference, signing a book on development. palestinian leaders are outraged saying that he failed to factor in the effect of israeli occupation. >> the israelis and palestinians may be in conflict buds they're still people. this statement does not serve those who are trying to protect and save lives in this region. >> a romney campaign spokesperson says his comments were grossly mischaracterized. tonight romney is in poland and is set to deliver a speech before heading home. >>> what are police doing with your license plate data? that is the question the aclu is now asking police depar
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